150 years of innovation
As Berkeley Engineering celebrates a century and a half of making our mark on history, we're highlighting people with the pioneering spirit, creative energy and social responsibility that characterize the college. This week: Olympic champion and Air Force colonel Archie Williams (B.S.’39 ME).
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Born and raised in Oakland, Archie Williams came to UC Berkeley in 1935 to study mechanical engineering and run track. After setting a world record at the NCAA track and field championships in 1936, he competed at the Olympics that summer in Berlin, winning a gold medal in the 400-meter race. And those high-flying successes were just the beginning of a career as a pilot and teacher. Read more ...
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Christine Ho invented a new battery chemistry and a print-based manufacturing process to simultaneously fabricate and place microscopic batteries onto wireless sensors.
Civil and environmental engineering professor emeritus Robert Bea, the Master of Disaster, has built a remarkable career studying failures – both engineering and human – in hopes we can learn from them.
Julia Morgan, who graduated in 1894 with a degree in civil engineering, was an architectural pioneer and "a true California gem."